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    City Steal Late Win


    mack

    Dubious officiating and a late goal to Jamie Maclaren have seen Melbourne City take a barely deserved win against the Western Sydney Wanderers tonight in Parramatta.

    A wet and stormy Sydney summer night saw the kick-off delayed by half an hour to accommodate a lightning delay in the Wanderers W-League team's 1-0 win over Newcastle. Keanu Baccus was put on the bench following his international duties in China, and Alex Meier followed in order to make room for the pacy front three of Mitch Duke, Kwame Yeboah & Bruce Kamau. Markus Babbel elected to play a 4231 formation, giving Pirmin Schwegler & Nick Sullivan duties as holding midfielders behind Nico Muller as the attacking midfielder.

    The Wanderers opened the scoring in a proverbial blink of an eye. Duke played a rasping cross-field pass for Kamau streaking run down the right side, the recalled winger launched a first-time ball across the penalty area, beating the City cover defence. Yeboah had anticipated well, his far post run gave him a tap-in opportunity from 5 yards out and he couldn't miss to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

    Melbourne City had their first shot in anger in the 20th minute, Josh Brillante's rocket looked to be heading into the top corner until Daniel Lopar reached out a hand to turn it over the bar with a wonderful fingertip save. Daniel Georgievski benefited from a persistent Kamau turn, laying the ball from the corner in a position the fullback ran onto, shooting a curled left footed strike towards goal that Dean Bouzanis knocked out for a corner. Neither team could add to the scoreline before the half-time break.

    Referee Chris Beath, who sent off Markus Babbel in the Sydney Derby last season, then handed Melbourne City a completely undeserved equaliser. He somehow spotted an infringement in the penalty area as a cross sailed over the players heads, replays showed there was absolutely nothing worth a foul let alone the penalty & yellow card, and Jamie Maclaren put away the resulting spot kick. Just another week in the A-League, referees who pick one team to punish with fouls out of thin air, holding grudges and the VAR backing them up despite no evidence to show any foul at all occurred.

    Melbourne City used the momentum from the non-existent penalty and took the lead in the 74th minute. Maclaren chased down an aimless clearance, put Dylan McGowan under pressure and came away with the ball. With a lucky deflection on an attempted block Maclaren took the ball back, crossing into the middle of the 6 yard box for another tap-in, this time for Brillante.

    The Wanderers began to press for their own equaliser and they had it in the 79th minute. A raid on the right flank saw Georgievski with the ball, he mad an excellent cross for substitute Alex Meier. The towering forward gently knocked a header into the path of Yeboah, who stuck a beautiful side foot volley into the roof of the net. As the 90 minutes ticked over Alex Meier managed to find a shot in a goal-mouth scramble, he strongly kept off two defenders and won a corner off the foot of Bouzanis.

    Melbourne City took advantage of the Wanderers pushing forward late to score their 3rd, and the 5th of the game. Lachlan Wales cut back on the right wing for Maclaren who had peeled off his near post run, taking one touch and shooting past Lopar. With no time left the Wanderers couldn't make more than a few desperate attacks and the game finished 3-2 to Melbourne City.

    City didn't deserve the win, they arguably barely deserved a draw. The match was completely turned on it's head by Chris Beath and his inept officiating, turned the momentum completely away from the Wanderers who had been untroubled by the visiting team up to that point. Beath has proven once again he holds grudges against certain teams, from the moment he sent off Markus Babbel in the Sydney Derby last season it has been shown he treats us unlike other teams. He has officiated 4 games against the Wanderers under Babbel and they have lost all 4.

    The Wanderers face Newcastle Jets on Saturday November 30, kick-off at 7:30PM at the Newcastle Stadium.

    Edited by mack

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    I'm suuuuuuuuper filthy about this one. That **** Penalty! I swear, genuinely feel like we are picked on more than any other franchise in Aus. Kamau pushed in back in box. Treatment of georgevski was horrible..The conversation the commentators had about injured players who milk penalties being allowed back on straight away but him having a genuine problem as deemed by the ref has to wait. Yeb inconsequentially getting flagged in his OWN half.

    IF VAR cannot fix this ****S bad calls then WTF is the point of it?

    Well i guess if the league is willing to make an entire new rule for city (cahill rule) and pay for half of him then it stands to reason that any official would do well to lick their ass.

    My love of football and my beloved WSW is as strong as ever but This league is frustrating me to the point where i feel like its pointless...like i should just go back to the foreign leagues i was obsessed with before WSW came into being. 

    Our world game is struggling in this country and shitty behind the scenes politics and favouritism are not helping it.

    I sometimes feel like im watching wrestling. 

    Kinda exciting but all predetermined well before the players have even stepped off the bus.

    I wouldn't say im angry or anything...only that if i had a chance i could probably grip griffiths lower jaw from the floor of his mouth and his upper teeth and rip his stupid whiney Jaw of his stupid hyena face and rake out his children's eyes with my newly acquired jaw-flail

    Sleep well all

     

    Meant to post this here

    EDIT: Absolute quality article there Mack. 100% spot on reporting.

    Edited by Jimspade
    avoiding double post

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    We wuz robbed 

    On the other hand we need to impose ourselves more at home especially or we are inviting problems 

    They are the best side in the HAL alongside the Smurfs. Very tight team.

    Muller not 100% yet. We are not gelling.  Definitely more to come.

    Edited by beatsurrender

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    5 minutes ago, beatsurrender said:

    We wuz robbed 

    On the other hand we need to impose ourselves more at home especially or you are inviting problems 

    They are the best side in the HAL alongside the Smurfs. Very tight team.

    Muller not 100% yet. We are not gelling.  Definitely more to come.

    Agreed...we are the home side and yet after our goal we were surrendering 70% possession to MC! We have to learn to play out and pass the ball and hold on to it!  

    We have lost 2 in a row after going a quick goal up...

    Edited by Smoggy

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    2 minutes ago, Beer said:

    Sitting back after an early goal only asks for trouble. 

    I know you're talking sense, but don't assume that because your handle is beer that I'll accept your logic. I'll quickly shift to spirits and our cordial relationship will be done for.

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    7 minutes ago, Beer said:

    Sitting back after an early goal only asks for trouble. 

    We should be used to that and expect it now.. 

    All games this season we've sat back. 

     

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    My amatuer remarks (Warning some rude language to follow):

    *  Team sprit was awesome

    * Beath is either on the take or being blackmailed by the big oil states.  Body language from even before the game stated as much

    * When people mention Melbourne City why do they speak like retarded gay poms?

    * Harps sounded like he was wanking every time he mentioned Melbourne City

    * Good on Kwame for getting his mojo back

    *Kamau seems to have got a bit of muscle about him

     

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    We deserved to win and didn't, **** happens we have had a few matches we should have lost and won so it evens out but we played pretty well imo

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    Just now, Neverbloom said:

    We deserved to win and didn't, **** happens we have had a few matches we should have lost and won so it evens out but we played pretty well imo

    Stop talking sense it’s not the done thing round here

     

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    14 minutes ago, Jimspade said:

    I'm suuuuuuuuper filthy about this one. That **** Penalty! I swear, genuinely feel like we are picked on more than any other franchise in Aus. Kamau pushed in back in box. Treatment of georgevski was horrible..The conversation the commentators had about injured players who milk penalties being allowed back on straight away but him having a genuine problem as deemed by the ref has to wait. Yeb inconsequentially getting flagged in his OWN half.

    IF VAR cannot fix this ****S bad calls then WTF is the point of it?

    Well i guess if the league is willing to make an entire new rule for city (cahill rule) and pay for half of him then it stands to reason that any official would do well to lick their ass.

    My love of football and my beloved WSW is as strong as ever but This league is frustrating me to the point where i feel like its pointless...like i should just go back to the foreign leagues i was obsessed with before WSW came into being. 

    Our world game is struggling in this country and shitty behind the scenes politics and favouritism are not helping it.

    I sometimes feel like im watching wrestling. 

    Kinda exciting but all predetermined well before the players have even stepped off the bus.

    I wouldn't say im angry or anything...only that if i had a chance i could probably grip griffiths lower jaw from the floor of his mouth and his upper teeth and rip his stupid whiney Jaw of his stupid hyena face and rake out his children's eyes with my newly acquired jaw-flail

    Sleep well all

     

    Meant to post this here

    EDIT: Absolute quality article there Mack. 100% spot on reporting.

    All I can say mate is that I am pretty pissed off too, especially since the game start was delayed and I ran out of VB in the first half, but all I can say is that the struggle makes success all the sweeter.  Is that not our way?

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    KY had his best game in a while, good finishing.

    Meier looked a threat in the box when he came on, sorry but that **** penalty decision has ruined a good game of football for me.

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    We spent an hour "sitting back" and City had absolutely nothing until Beath handed them a penalty.

    Their second goal was a completely fluke, the aimless clearance could have gone anywhere and instead it was lucky to land somewhere it would bounce instead of going out and in the right spot for Maclaren to get in front. Then they got a fluke deflection that went straight back to City. 3rd goal was after we "opened up" trying to score a winner.

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    4 minutes ago, mack said:

    We spent an hour "sitting back" and City had absolutely nothing.

    Exactly.

    Edited by Smoggy

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    The pen decision was crap but as unpopular as this is our own mistakes led to the goals scored against us. When you allow the opposition the amount of possession we did you can't expect a team like City not to profit/exploit it. They did and they won. Jurman can't come back quick enough for me.Gutted we didn't get a least a draw but perhaps this match may galvanise the team.

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    Not happy with that...penalty was rubbish, we gave up possession too much and too easily yet fought back really well in the latter stages and then got done on the bell. Felt we deserved a draw at least. Oh and the worst part, after getting the dodgy internet to connect my Kayo stream down here on holidays on the south coast i had to put up with 95 mins of Andy freakin Harper. 

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    We Jurman back ASAP. Zeigler 2 starts , 5 goals conceded, not putting bit all on him but Jurman is our man at the back.

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    1 minute ago, Xfactor said:

    We Jurman back ASAP. Zeigler 2 starts , 5 goals conceded, not putting bit all on him but Jurman is our man at the back.

    I think that is an unfair comment.

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    2 minutes ago, MathyouWSW said:

    https://www.transfermarkt.com/chris-beath/bilanz/schiedsrichter/3878/plus/0?funktion=1&saison_id=&land_id=&verein_id=0&wettbewerb_id=&heim_gast=

    Ever been curious about many wins we've had while Chris Beath as referee? Here's your answer. I'm not sure if this is up to date though...

    At least we have won 2 more than GCU, hmmm wait?

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    I have watched the promos for 'Border Security' and I can tall you something is dodgy.  Maybe he has a sneaky French au'pair on the quiet or something.

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    Very disappointing result but an improved performance. Considering that we played against the top team, referee, linesman and VAR, but as soon  as the officials were named before the game we should not have expected better.

    The penalty was a gift by Beath , up till then City had nothing. If that is called a penalty we should have had a few as well.The second goal was a foul on Kamau but KGJ was not going to pull it back. 

    I agree that bad and biased officialls are killing the game.

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    I haven’t seen the replays yet. What actually happened with the pen? There was 6-7 of us watch at the ground and none of us could work it out

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    It’s a loss, one that will be over shadowed by the referee (wow, he was bad tonight, getting it from all areas tonight not just Wanderers fans) but we have to realise the limitations of the way we have been set up by Babbel.

    We will be tough to beat this year, defensively very solid but the trade off will be that we aren’t a possession based side,  we won’t create many chances & have situations like today where the opposition comes back into the game.

    Today it was a referee error, next week it may be a wonder goal. You can’t fault the team, the dedication or their work on the field. Still lots of work to do in order to transform us into a side that will win the title but I feel as if our structure will limit us. The referee will be a good distraction, something we can focus our anger on & a lightening rod to excuse the loss but long term we need to look a little deeper

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    4 minutes ago, mack said:

    Beath saw a push or a hold that no-one including the cameras did.

    The VAR cleared it in a single review. Surely there was something.

     

    in trying to be the nice guy and give Beath and KGJ the benefit of the doubt here

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    Just now, Upthehill said:
    Just now, Upthehill said:

    The VAR cleared it in a single review. Surely there was something.

     

    in trying to be the nice guy and give Beath and KGJ the benefit of the doubt here

     

    Bozza said after the game it wasn't a pen at all. 

     

     

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